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  • Movies Way Back When: A Controversial Silent Movie

    “The Miracle of Life” (1915) was an unusual “Flying A” movie about abortion; some scenes were filmed at a million-dollar mansion in Montecito.

  • Movies Way Back When: Kids and Movies

    A number of Santa Barbara’s citizens had bit parts in the movies that were produced by the historic “Flying A” movie studio.

  • Movies Way Back When: Silent Movies and Mood Music

    In 1915, a $5,000 "photoplayer" was installed in one of the movie theaters on State Street for silent movies.

  • Movies Way Back When: The OTHER SB Film Company

    The American Film Company ("Flying A") was not the only movie studio headquartered in Santa Barbara over 100 years ago.

  • Movies Way Back When: A Diplomatic Mission

    In 1918, Vitagraph Studios used the Gillespie estate in Montecito as the location for a movie set in the South Seas during World War I.

  • Movies Way Back When: No Permit, No Problem, Oops!

    Way back when, movie crews did not need permits to film out in the open, and this sometimes caused a problem here.

  • MOVIES WAY BACK WHEN: A religious movie in Montecito

    Many of the movies filmed in Montecito were set in exotic locales such as Hawaii, Ancient Rome, or France in the 1500s.

  • Movies Way Back When: Was Ramona filmed here?

    Some scenes from the 1916 silent movie version of "Ramona" were said to be filmed in Santa Barbara, and it sure looks like the Mission in the photos above, but apparently not.

  • MOVIES WAY BACK WHEN: Flying A Movie Star & Animal Lover

    Handsome hunk Bill Russell was one of the most popular leading men at the “Flying A.” He starred in dozens of movies from 1913 to 1921.

  • Movies Way Back When: The First SB Movie?

    It was 1904 when Santa Barbara was first captured by a moving picture camera.

  • Movies Way Back When: Ashes of Vengeance

    A movie starring Norma Talmadge was released on August 6, 1923, and most of it was filmed at the first Bellosguardo estate in Montecito.

  • Movies Way Back When: Cowboys and Cars

    Horses and cars coexisted peacefully as transportation for the "Flying A" studio in 1912.

  • Movies Way Back When: An X-rated film named Purity

    In 1916 the local papers warned about an X-rated movie named "Purity" that was filmed in Montecito.

  • Movies Way Back When: An Unplanned Comedy Scenario

    The Santa Barbara newspaper in 1912 detailed an interesting story of electricians being chased off an ostrich farm at State and Islay Streets.

  • Movies Way Back When: Noisy Silent Films

    The process of filming silent movies over 100 years ago at the local “Flying A” studio was anything but silent.

  • Movies Way Back When: The Highest Bid

    The “Flying A” filmed this movie at one of the mansions in Montecito in 1916.

  • Movies Way Back When: Where There's a Will, There's a Way

    In 1912, a trained burro stole the scene during a movie being filmed in Hope Ranch.

  • Movies Way Back When: Unfit to be Tied

    There were still hitching posts on State Street in 1912 when the cowboy actors from the “Flying A” rode into the city.

  • MOVIES WAY BACK WHEN: A Failure to Communicate

    In 1912, “Flying A” actors and film crews often showed up unannounced and startled Santa Barbara residents.

  • MOVIES WAY BACK WHEN: Why Santa Barbara?

    A 1912 newspaper clipping explains why the Flying A movie studio moved to Santa Barbara from San Diego over 100 years ago.

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